How to Train for Summer Vacation

Summer vacation means something totally different when you’re a parent. For starters, it’s not a vacation. Sure, kids need a respite from school and structure and cafeteria food. But summer break is anything but a break for parents. Despite my petitions, protestations and burying my head in the sand in a yoga worthy contortion of denial,…

Sanctioned Spitting and Other Summer Fun

I suppose I should be thankful. There were seven whole days of summer break when it seemed like my kids were getting along, hanging out with their summer friends, swimming, chasing each other around the back yards with Nerf guns, generally being loud and obnoxious and boy like. Perfect. Until yesterday. Someone didn’t sleep enough,…

No More Pencils, No More Books….

Remember the endless summers of childhood?  Back in the summer of ’69… or ’79 …or maybe at a stretch ’89?  Days chock-a-blocked with swimming and bike rides and kick-ball, those seemingly never-ending days flowing seamlessly into musky evenings spent swatting mosquitos or following a train of fireflies across the garden.  Cannonballs and rocket pops from…